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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features more than 17 specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options, clinical nurse leader, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing and health systems administration. 

US News & World Report, in its survey of the Best Nursing Schools for 2016, has ranked the UAB School of Nursing 13th in the nation. This represents a significant leap for the School, which was listed 21st in the 2012 rankings, the last time Schools of Nursing were included in the Best Graduate Schools edition.

Additionally, three of the School's MSN Specialty Tracks were ranked ongockle"I went to undergrad here, and I know there are a lot of neat opportunities for students. It’s easy for students to get involved in different things…"
Erin Gockel, BSN, RN,
BSN 2012
MSN Student, Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars

Read more about why Erin chose the UAB School of Nursing

reputation -- Nursing Health Systems Administration is listed 9th, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 12th and Family Nurse Practitioner 14th.

Located in one of the world’s largest academic health centers, the MSN program at UAB prepares nurses for advanced specialty practice in advanced nursing roles and offers countless opportunities to develop advanced practice innovations both locally and globally.

The MSN program also prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a practice-focused terminal degree that prepares graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or in the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nursing program.

The PhD in Nursing at UAB is the only such program in the state of Alabama that prepares nurses as researchers, scholars and leaders who make substantive contributions to the science of nursing.

Graduates employ abilities and skills learned in the MSN Program to form collaborative partnerships; assume leadership roles in clinical practice, nursing administration, nursing education and nursing informatics; interpret clinical and management-related research; and make data-driven decisions to enhance the utilization of resources. 

Review the MSN specialty track options to determine the best fit for your future. It is also possible to obtain a second master’s degree in an area of your choice. Definitions, functions, and career opportunities for each of the focal areas and specialty tracks are listed on those individual pages.










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The master's program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.